Wednesday, August 29, 2012

It's A Party and You Are Invited!

"Harvest Happening", this year's annual fundraiser for the Pacific NorthWest Art School, is set for Saturday, September 29th, 2012 from 6-9 p.m. at the Coupeville Rec Hall. Come dance the night away to live music, wearing a harvest inspired mask and costume, or not, enjoy appetizers and wines, have your caricature drawn and fund our programs.

This night is all about supporting the important work we do to offer exceptional visual arts education, free community lectures and presentations, Youth Art, scholarships, Art Excursions and more. We count on the community's support to make this all happen.

New this year will be the unveiling of a kinectic sculpture that will serve as visible appreciation of our patrons and founders support. Each patron that supports our "Fund the Programs" portion of our annual event (and during our annual fund campaign) at the $250 level or more will get a piece of the sculpture and will be able to watch the sculpture "grow" as our support grows.

Tickets are just $50 and are on sale now. Come by the school, Monday-Friday, 9-4 pm. at 15 NW Birch Street, Coupeville, to purchase or call us at 360 678 3396 and purchase over the phone. . We will hold them at "will call" for you. You can also visit our website, and purchase online.

Even if you don't live here locally but take workshops, or want to support what we do, you can still participate in our fund the programs and have visible proof of your support! Just call and say "I want to support your "Fund the Programs"., or visit our website where you can do so online,

Thank you for your support and for those of you who can attend our event, we look forward to sharing a great evening with you.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Our Instructors Write Their Descriptions

Recently, while reading class evaluations, we came across in the question to students "how could the art school improve"  the comment "vet the instructor description".  This caused us to ponder this and respond.

All our instructors write their own descriptions...we either publish them as is (other than correcting obvious grammar and spelling errors) or shorten them due to space constraints.  Perhaps having the instructor's "signature" added at the end of the description would lend more credibility and weight.  So while we ponder how to best do this...keep sending us those suggestions.  We believe the author of this suggestion wants potential students to know that the instructor approves of and endorses the description we are putting out there. 

Here is a little eye candy to enjoy from the one and only Sam Abell...

Monday, August 20, 2012

Celebrate and Support us at our Harvest Happening!

Save the date of September 29th, 6-9 p.m. at the Coupeville Rec Hall for the Pacific NorthWest Art School's annual fundraiser.  There are many new elements this year including the time of year.  We listened as you asked us to hold our annual event other than at the end of the here are the details!

When:  September 29th, 2012 6-9 p.m.

Where:  Coupeville Rec Hall, Coveland Street, Coupeville

What:  ANNUAL Fundraiser, $50 a person

What:  Come in your best harvest inspired mask or costume, or not..and be prepared to dance, drink and eat and of course support our Fund the Programs and Auctions.  There will be live music, awards for best masks, heavy appetizers, great wines and even better company all joining together to support the Coupeville Arts Center dba The Pacific NorthWest Art School.

NEW for this year will be a tangible opportunity to show your support. For those patrons that support us at the $250 level and higher there will be an outdoor art piece of sculpture that will be attached to our building.  As support "grows" so will our sculputure. There will be an unveiling of the artist's concept at the event.

PLUS local cartoonist Milt Priggee will be on hand to do caricatures of patrons as a keepsake of a fun and support filled evning

What a great way to show your community you support us! Whether you are an individual or business you can have your love one's name, business name or perhaps your donation will be in memory of a beloved artist...

Tickets are only $50 and on SALE NOW!  Come by and visit us at 15 N W Birch Street, Coupeville,
Monday-Friday, 9-4:30 p.m.

or call us at 360 678 3396 or 1 866 678 3396 and purchase with credit card. We will hold your tickets at the WILL CALL. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Join us for the "After the Festival" Show!

Please join us next Thursday, August 23rd, from 6-7:30 p.m for our next Members' Gallery Exhibition and Sale.  Grab a friend and see some truly lovely photographs, paintings, fiber art and mixed media pieces.  Mingle with the artists, enjoy some refreshments and find that perfect piece of art you have been searching for.  Free and open to the public.  Enter a drawing for a book by our visiting faculty member Jan Sitts, who graciously juried this show for us while she was here teaching her workshop "Texture, Color, Feeling".

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Please come support the 49th Annual Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival and Juried Art Show this coming weekend August 10-12, 2012. 

Did you know that every piece of art purchased from the Juried Art Show held in the Rec Hall supports us?  Well, it does and we thank you for your past and hopefully this year's support!  So come down to the Rec Hall and check out what our local artists have created for us this year. 

Friday Nights Wine Tasting and Art Opening starts at 7:00 p.m.  Stroll downtown and see the picturesque scene the Hawaiian Chieftan makes moored at the Wharf and perhaps have dinner at one of our many great dining spots and then come enjoy the wine tasting and the art.  See you there !

RYAN & FRIENDS FINE ART-New kid on the block!

Whidbey Island welcomes a new art gallery, RYAN & FRIENDS FINE ART. In the famed location of Ann Wilson’s Coupe D-Art at 902 NE Center, across the street from the Anchorage Inn… just two blocks from the Coupeville Historic Waterfront.

As a photographer and producer of coffee table books and documentary television, Ryan has collaborated with writers and artists throughout our American West. To open RYAN & FRIENDS FINE ART she invited some of her talented artist and literary friends to showcase their works at the gallery, along with her original photography. Ryan’s hope is to offer Whidbey Islanders diverse artwork from around the West and autographed copies of books from authors who have participated with her.

RYAN & FRIENDS FINE ART will open this Friday, August 10 – Noon to 7 pm, to celebrate the Coupeville Arts Festival and Festival Wine Tasting and Art exhibit.

RYAN & FRIENDS FINE ART will be open on weekends, by appointment, for screenings, and special literary and theatrical events. Whidbey has a new venue for diverse art forms.


Anne Coe, conservationist and painter, Apache Junction, AZ

Jeff Dolan, plein air painter, Sedona, AZ

Teresa Jordan, writer, musician and artist, Virgin, UT

Susan Kliewer sculptor and painter and plein air painter, Sedona, AZ

Page Lambert, writer, editor, life coach, speaker, Mt. Vernon, CO

Tad Cheyenne Miller, photographer and watercolorist, Bisbee, AZ

Vel Miller, painter and sculptor, Atascadero, CA

Kay Parsons, watercolorist, Coupeville, WA

Cynthia Rigden, oil and bronze, Wickenburg, AZ

Sharman Apt Russell, nature/science writer, Silver City, NM

Kathleen Jo Ryan, photographer, Coupeville, WA

Barbara Earl Thomas, painter and writer, Seattle, WA

Ann Wilson, renaissance woman and artist, Coupeville WA

Ann Zwinger, writer and artist, Colorado Springs, CO

Susan Zwinger, fine artist and natural history writer, Langley, WA

Grand Opening:

Friday, August 10, Noon – 7 pm


902 NE Center, Coupeville

Across from Anchorage Inn

Monday, August 6, 2012

Learning to See The Color of Light...

Did you know you need to learn to see the actual color of light?  Well, it's true...let Arthur Meyerson show you how and increase your photography skill sets.

Join Arthur for a week of unbelievable learning and seeing anew the world around you!
Visit our website at for the complete description and to register.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

PBS Instructor to Teach at PNWAS!

Meet Tom Lynch, he will be teaching this fall for us, September 7-11, 2012, tuition $595 and are thrilled!

"Tom has been referred to as one of the nation’s premier watercolorists. He has written 7 books and hosted

several award winning PBS TV Art Series. He was recently listed as one of the nation’s top 20 teachers by

American Artist magazine. He is represented by some of the nation’s leading museums and art galleries. He has

been the spokesperson for the National Art Materials Trade Association, and continues to be the international

spokesperson for many leading art material manufacturers. Tom is currently featured on the new cable TV

channel Visual Arts Network (VAN), and on the leading internet art education site … Art Academy"   To register, please visit or